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Kamasi Washington

  • Majestic 115 King Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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Kamasi Washington is a jazz composer, producer, director, and saxophonist who has worked with many high-profile artists, including Snoop Dogg, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat. His 2015 triple album The Epic and recent performances with Kendrick Lamar and Run The Jewels garnered him mainstream attention, but he is not new to the scene. Washington has been playing saxophone since he was 13, studied ethnomusicology while performing in college, and led big bands in the following years. The Epic saunters between approachable and groundbreaking in an expanding saga that blends bebop, R&B, hip-hop, and mind-boggling jazz. Washington's latest project, Harmony Of Difference, is a six-song release that internally builds on itself. The first five tracks are played separately, then the final track is a culmination of the last five that also builds on itself. This complexity in songwriting is a science that Washington has perfected—it results in work that's harmonious, staggering, and even accessible to a new jazz audience. His most recent video, for the Harmony Of Difference track "Truth," fuses different cultures, masculinity, and family into a visually stunning experience. —John McCracken

Earlier Event: November 8
Jonathan Richman (free)
Later Event: November 9
Voices In The Crowd